Loving my new pellet stove

Don’t get me wrong. I love my heat pump, but in the dead of winter in Maine, it just doesn’t seem to cut it. When we were building my house, we decided to go with the heat pump as my sole source of heat, knowing that at some point we’d have to supplement it with something else.

In November, I pretty much decided that I wanted to install a pellet stove. For most of December, I looked around at them. Having a pellet stove installed professionally is between $800 and $1,000. I really wanted to stay with my motto all along and do everything that we possibly could do ourselves. My insurance company finally allowed us to install it as long as we had a professional sign off that it was installed correctly.

Around mid-January, I found a pellet stove at Lowe’s that I liked and bought it. If you’ve never moved a pellet stove before, I don’t recommend it. It’s super heavy. The one I bought was around 300lbs. My Dad was able to get the stove out of the truck with the forks on his tractor and then place it on a dolly and wheel it to its current location.

Two weeks ago, my brother-in-law, niece, and nephew came down and we had a pellet stove installation party. It really did not take my Dad and Kevin more than a few hours to get it installed. It was a little frustrating not being able to use it right away, but that Monday it passed inspection with flying colors and Monday night I had my first fire.

I’m loving it, but pellet stoves go through a lot of pellets. My plan is to use the pellet stove, mostly at nights, when the temperature is in the teens or below. Even with the fan on low, the pellet stove heats my house up to about 70, which is 10 degrees warmer than I keep it with the heat pump. I also try to watch my electricity use closely and the pellet stove uses a fraction of what the heat pump does.

I’d definitely recommend a pellet stove. I am really enjoying both the warmth and ambiance of it. There is just something about falling asleep to a fire.

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!